Suggested Panelists

Below is a list of speakers and panelists who would begin to bring balance, inclusion and diversity of perspectives to the New Trier High School “Understanding Today’s Struggle for Racial Civil Rights” all-school, all-day seminar.

They are diverse in backgrounds, upbringing, education, and work life. These include athletes, intellectuals, writers, pastors, and more. They have achieved impressive success often despite obstacles.

Shelby Steele: Author and the Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s the Hoover Institution. Here is speaks at The Independent Institute, asking “Is White Guilt Destroying the Promise of Civil Rights?”



Jason Riley: Wall Street Journal Columnist, Senior Fellow at The Manhattan Institute, and an Author.  In an interview regarding policing the innercity and Ferguson, MO, Riley, who “knows something about growing up black and male in the innercity,” said “Black men are afraid of being shot by other black men. Not by  cops.”

Corey Brooks: Director of ProjectHood which is daily changing lives in the inner city of Chicago.



Star Parker: Founder, President of CURE (Center for Urban Renewal & Education) and a Writer for Black Community News (BCN),, and others. Parker was on welfare and drugs, but found her ability to overcome adversity and has written books about her escape from dependency.


John McWhorter: Assoc. Prof. of English & Comparative Literature at Columbia University. In 2015, he wrote an article: “I question this particular focus on sessions, modules, readings, and talks commanding whites to reflect endlessly about their privileged status.”  His book “Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America,” explores “victimology, separatism, and anti-          intellectualism that are making blacks their own worst enemies in the struggle for success.”

Walter Williams: Dr. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His most recent documentary is “Suffer No Fools,” shown on PBS stations Fall/Spring 2014/2015, based on Up from the Projects: An Autobiography.


Larry Elder: Author & Speaker Larry Elder is also a lawyer. A graduate of Brown Univeristy and the University of Michigan Law School, he is host of the Larry Elder Radio Program in Los Angeles. See a video here where he asks “Is America Racist?” And here is discusses on The Rubin Report, among other topics, Black Lives Matters and racism.

Allen West: A retired Lt. Colonel, and former Congressman, West is Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, in the same neighborhood where the Rev. Martin Luther King once preached. You can find more about him here.


Benjamin Watson: NFL tight end for the Baltimore Ravens, Author of “Under Our Skin,” Watson has been widely sought-after when his Facebook post about Ferguson, MO went viral. Here is a sample from his website:

“Why a book? I think it’s important that we advance discussion of the “hot topics” of our time, particularly the topic of race. I am hopeful this book will challenge people to have serious, healthy discussions about that topic. I’m hopeful that this book will encourage people of all races to discuss these important issues without fear of saying the wrong thing or insulting someone who doesn’t agree with you. I am confident that nearly all of you will agree with some of the things that I have written in the book while being opposed to, or seeing differently, other things that I have written from my personal perspective.”

Stephanie Trussell: raised by a single Mom on the West side of Chicago, Stephanie’s first job at the McDonald’s in Maywood helped her to see the value of hard work in a free market system. She has her own radio program on Chicago’s 890AM-WLS. She is the mother of 5 children.



Erika Harold: a graduate of U. of IL and Harvard Law School, Erika currently serves on the Board of Prison Fellowship, advocating for criminal justice reform. She also works at the law firm Meyer Capel.



Sheriff David Clarke: born and raised in the city of Milwaukee, Sheriff Clarke began his “journey of service with the Milwaukee Police Department in 1978, where I helped protect the city for 11 years as a patrol officer on the streets…There is no Democrat or Republican way to be a sheriff. The enemy is not the opposing party; the enemy is the criminal.”

And so many more! Shoot us a note by clicking on the “Leave Us a Note” tab.  With your feedback, this list is bound to grow. So, check back as we keep it updated.

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